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Chemical Peels for Your Skin?

Posted on October 26 2015

Want to Rejuvenate your Skin?

Chemical peels are a method of regenerating and resurfacing the skin by inducing a controlled wound to the skin. They remove the top layers skin to help induce collagen remodelling and therefore improve sun-damaged skin, skin pigmentation problems, wrinkles, skin texture, and the overall appearance of the skin. The strength of the chemical peel will determine its depth. Deeper peels will have a longer recovery, but also will result in a greater improvement in the skin.

What types of chemical peels are there?

There are several types of chemical peels each suited to different skin problems and types. Chemical peels also vary in strength and are classified as superficial, medium, and deep according to the level of skin they reach.
The superficial chemical peels include;

Alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) peels - lactic acid peel. Lactic acid is a naturally occuring acid in the body. These peels can be performed at various concentrations to vary the strength of the peel. It’s main role is to remove the top layers of the skin and induce new collagen formation. Because lactic acid is a natural human metabolite, there is less chance of an allergic reaction with this type of peel.  Alpha-hydroxy acid peels work by removing the top layer of skin cells. These cells often hold surface pigmentation, are responsible for skin unevenness and contribute to fine lines. Each time a patient has a lactic peel these cells are exfoliated away and the skin is forced to generate new cells. A series of these peels increase the efficiency of cell regeneration and remove rough surface cells. Fantastic for dermal enhancement of the eye area

Beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) peels  – salicylic acid is main ingredient found in these peels. These peels are generally used in oilier skins or acne prone skins as they are oil soluble and penetrate deeper in this type of skin environment. Beta-hydroxy acids are generally larger molecules than alpha-hydroxy acids and therefore may not penetrate as deeply in a normal (non-oily) skin environment.  For active acne, there may be some post ­peel purging. As the acid exfoliates away the surface of your skin, it brings clogs you have underneath closer to the top, which may erupt as more active pimples. Salicylic acid works by penetrating the follicles removing trapped oils, dead cells and reducing inflammation within the skin. We recommend this as part of our home-care routine for all skin types especially oily skins in conjunction with Microdermabrasion treatments

Retinoic acid peels  – retinoic acid is the ingredient found in well known Anti-Ageing products. Retinoic acid helps to increase the turn-over rate of the skin and make it behave more like a ‘younger skin’. They can also help to reduce DNA mutations caused from UV exposure on the skin.  Retinoic works by making the skin cells behave ‘younger’ by increasing the cell turnover rate. It stimulates collagen production, inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria, restoring the immune system, improving circulation, and sealing in moisture deep within the skin.

This peel is a little different to the others in the fact that the peel is left in situ on the skin for the next 10 hours. The peel will have a mild yellow tinge on the skin, hardly noticeable on many skins. The peel feels slightly tingly and a little itchy but very comfortable. The patient will rinse the peel from the skin with warm water themselves at home. A delay of 2 – 3 days will occur before the skin starts to peel. The peeling is soft peeling skin that usually lasts for 4 – 5 days.


Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peel 10% – This is a peel that has been performed for many years.  Performed at lower concentrations, TCA peels provide superficial resurfacing of the skin to improve skin texture, wrinkles, and pigmentation.
The medium depth chemical peels include;

Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) 30% – at these concentrations, TCA peels can help with skin texture, wrinkles and pigmentation. A cost effective alternative to laser resurfacing.

The deep chemical peels include;

These medium/deep chemical peels have been replaced at Luminosity Skin with laser skin resurfacing which can achieve better results with more control over the depth of treatment and can cause more collagen remodelling.

Here at Luminosity Skin, Chemical Peels are one of our favourite treatments to do. To book a consultation or discuss your options of available peels book online here or call 52217676 to schedule an appointment


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